Xbox One 'Halo' Title Confirmed For 2014

Microsoft confirms that a new 'Halo' title will launch sometime during 2014.

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Microsoft confirmed that a new "Halo" title will reach the Xbox One this year.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) recently reaffirmed that an upcoming “Halo” game will reach the next-gen Xbox One sometime in 2014. Microsoft Senior PR Manager of Xbox PR Rob Semsey tweeted yesterday that “rest assured, your next ‘Halo’ journey WILL begin in 2014,” accompanied by the hashtag  #staycalm.

Though Microsoft and Semsey have not confirmed that the name of the series’ next installment will be “Halo 5,” they are confident that the next “Halo” addition will reach gamers sometime during this coming year. The brand discussed the possibility of the title “Halo 5” during E3 2013 last June, and many eager gamers have been patiently waiting on more news regarding the game’s development. The upcoming “Halo” will follow 2013’s “Halo: Spartan Assault,” which is currently available for the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Despite the successes of previous installments in the “Halo” series, “Spartan Assault” received somewhat mixed reviews, receiving a score of 71/100 on Metacritic.

Xbox One Australia inadvertently created a post on Facebook last week, calling the new game “Halo 5.” The original post appeared on the company’s fanpage, stating why gamers should purchase an Xbox One, and listing reason #14 as “the Prometheans and Covenant just won’t give John-117 a break! Master Chief returns for the thrilling continuation of the Reclaimer Saga in ‘Halo 5.’” Microsoft swiftly responded to the posted information, calling it accidental. “This post was made in error, and we will be updating it shortly,” the multimedia giant stated. “We have made no announcements regarding the name of ‘Halo’ on Xbox One. As we have stated previously, the award-winning franchise continues on Xbox One, beginning in 2014. We have no further details to share at this time."

The upcoming game will be developed by Kirkland, Wash.-based 343 Industries.

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